Cafe Gratitude in Venice Beach is one of my favorite restaurants because they make vegan food that is actually gourmet and beautiful. And now that I've tried to make some of their recipes at home, I see why it's such an expensive place to eat! These recipes are not easy. I never thought I would my own nut milk from scratch in order to make my own dairy-free ice cream in order to THEN make my husband's favorite smoothie. But I did, with only moderate success. I was a little bummed that it didn't have the recipe for my favorite dish there, "I Am Humble," which is the most delicious bowl of lentils in the world. But it's a lovely book for someone who appreciates eating in a way that is both gently on the planet and incredibly nutritious. And it helps if they know their way around the kitchen.
This book is fun to read, and has many good raw recipes, and helpful instructions, plus a list of items, and appliances, with resources. Sometimes the "I am whatever-the-recipe title" makes it difficult to read through the index. They use lots of nuts and other fats. Also, some difficult to find ingredients. Food combining isn't well thought out. My husband & I ate at their restaurant in SF, everything was yummy, and nicely presented. Overall, raw food prep is time consuming, takes a bit of planning, and dishes have a short shelf life. Bon Appetit